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Humans have long had a love affair with cuddly bears. Think Winnie the Pooh, Baloo from The Jungle Book, and everyone’s wise-cracking favorite, Yogi!

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“I want to buy a copy.” “It’s beautiful.” “I love it.” These are direct quotes from book club members who saw an advanced copy of Melissa Sweet’s latest biography for young readers, Some Writer

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“African folktales always invite us to talk about how characters behave,” writes acclaimed author Beverley Naidoo in the foreword to her latest title, a patchy collection of stories hailing from ni

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“Raymie Nightingale is filled with humor, poignancy, and life-sized lessons.

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My Bug Adventure is a funny fill-in by National Geographic that is colorful and potentially very silly. Similar to Mad Libs, funny fill-ins can be played alone or with a partner.

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Kyle Keeley and his teammates, Miguel, Akimi, Sierra, and Haley are back. Kyle and his friends have become celebrities, starring on television commercials for Luigi L.

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Young children have always been among the most vulnerable members of society, and yet they have not always been regarded as such.

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“undeniable charm of Kinney’s art.  . . . hilarious. . . . remarkable. . . . good comic timing.”

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The Marvels by Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is a multilayered masterpiece in which the illustrated story tells of a theatrical family, t

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“What was the point of being different if you couldn’t be special?”

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“Imaginary friends are like books. We’re created, we’re enjoyed, we’re dog-eared and creased, and then we’re tucked away until we’re needed again.”  

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“When did the rules change, she wondered. When did it become bad to be good?”

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Bindi’s Wildlife Adventures series creates a wonderful blend of adventure, suspense, and wildlife conservation.

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This is not a diary like the other books in the Wimpy Kid series. As the author points out emphatically, The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book is a journal.

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Why would a 10-year-old boy wish to die in battle? Could a life that has not yet truly begun be so easily forsaken?

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Louis Armstrong was (and still is) a popular figure in 20th century American jazz.

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Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown opens with Lunch Lady having her van stolen, which makes it difficult to discern if this is part of the tale, or the briefing of a background story

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 Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, February 2010 “Zeke’s tree wouldn’t speak to him.” This is one of the most intriguing opening lines I’ve ever read.

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 (Harcourt Children’s Books, April 2009) Grumpy old Ignatius B.

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With a minimum of text, the author spins a Louisiana alligator tale in graphic novel form. His illustrations go modern as he passes over an incandescent light bulb.

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John Grisham is famous for his two-dozen bestselling adult thrillers, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Client.